Curse of Geography

The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in multi-media format and in partnership with artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets.

The first in this series focuses on La Mosquitia, the far eastern coast of Honduras. For most people in La Mosquitia, there are only two forms of gainful employment – lobster fishing and drug trafficking. 90% of the cocaine that ends up in the United States passes through this isolated and neglected corner of the world. 90% of the lobster harvested here arrives at the same destination. This coupled with corruption and the war on drugs has had adverse effects on the indigenous Miskito people. In May 2017, German Andino, Alberto Arce, and Sidd Joag traveled to the Mosquito Coast for three weeks to understand the situation more clearly.

A dynamic version of the piece on La Mosquitia can be accessed via the Curse of Geography website and the PDF can be downloaded here.

Curse of Geography: Kibera

Emelda Ochieng, Nairobi, Kenya 
Luke Catena, Nairobi, Kenya 

“I really think it’s time to go,” our guide says as he nervously glances at his phone that glows half past five. Around us, as if on an unspoken cue, the air of urgency and anxiety thickens, and it strikes...

The Curse of Geography: Kachin State

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

Chapter 1 – Holes in the Sky MYITKYINA, KACHIN STATE, NORTHERN MYANMAR The half-dozen works of art hanging on the bare wooden walls depict family scenes—they are painted in bold primary colors with rudimentary strokes. Human figures hover ghostlike above...

Curse of Geography: Boriquén

Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Santurce, Puerto Rico 
Esteban Figueroa, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico 
Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

Text: Sidd Joag Video editing and camera: Karla Claudio-Betancourt Producer and director of video: Esteban Figueroa Additional footage: Saul Betancourt, Julio Fernandez A massive colonial figure made of steel and concrete lies twisted on its side, on a traffic island...

The Curse of Geography: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Suzy Xu Shuang, Xichang, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China 

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The Curse of Geography: Badakhshan

Emma Kazaryan, New York City, United States 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative reports focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in...

The Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Rebecca Peeler, New York City, United States 
German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in...

The Curse of Geography

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 
Alberto Arce, Mexico City, Mexico 
Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca/ The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in...